Eligibility

The Foundation issues grants year-round and has established specific application procedures and deadlines for different types of permanent funds. For more information on current grant opportunities, please visit the Grant Requests page.

Eligible Applicants

The Foundation has adopted basic standards for grant eligibility as follows:

  • Applicant organization should be legally constituted and exempt from federal income tax under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.  The Foundation may, from time to time, and at its sole discretion, consider applications from non 501(c)(3) entities provided that the nature of the project clearly is charitable in nature.
  • Applicant organization must have a charter and/or by-laws which clearly define the organization’s purpose, structure, and the duties, authority and responsibilities of the governing body of the organization.
  • Applicant organization must have a duly constituted volunteer Board of Directors which meets regularly and has full power to establish operating policy; to employ and dismiss employees; to control and be responsible for other groups operating in or using the name of the organization; to enter into contracts; and to acquire, manage and dispose of real and capital properties obtained in the name of the organization. 
  • Applicant organization must demonstrate that it is fiscally responsible and that it is in compliance with all legal requirements of legislative bodies.
  • Applicant organization must adhere to a policy mandating that all of the income of the organization be used for its particular stated charitable purposes and none for its members.
  • Applicant organization should seek to assure accountability, operating efficiency and responsiveness to community needs. 
  • Applicant organization should publish an annual report which provides its goals, objectives, services, and such financial information as required by the PA Charitable Purposes Act for that organization.
  • Applicant organization must operate a project which meets a demonstrated and documented need and which can be carried out principally within the county of Washington, Pennsylvania.  Grants from Donor Advised Funds are permitted to benefit communities outside of Washington County.

Ineligible Applicants

The Foundation: 

  • Does not award grants to political candidates, for use in political campaigns or for lobbying of elected officials.
  • Does not support organizations that practice or advocate discrimination by race, color, creed, sex or national origin.
  • Does not make loans.
  • Does not make grants to individuals.  Interested individuals are encouraged to work with and through existing incorporated not-for-profit entities.
  • Does not normally make grants to re-granting organizations or to private charities.
  • Does not normally make ongoing commitments, though a large grant may be spread out over more than one fiscal year.
  • Does not generally support land acquisition projects.
  • Discourages requests for routine projects, to pay off deficits, or for endowment funds.